President visits Meddin Studios

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Jon Foster was still beaming minutes after he'd shown President Obama around his shop and the president's motorcade headed back down Louisville Road.

"We've been waiting two weeks for this day to get here. Now it's here and gone. It was a rush," said Foster, co-founder of Meddin Studios.

Under the president's stimulus program, Meddin opened their video production facility in an old meat packing plant. They also rent out their offices, equipment and studios.

"One thing we showed him was how many revenue streams we have. If one is floundering or not so busy, the others can make up for it," Foster added. "So the idea is to be as diverse as far as where revenue comes from. I think he realized that off the bat."

That kind of unconventional way may help businesses thrive and survive. The same spirit helped make Paula Deen a household name. She met the president today at Meddin and hoped he liked what he saw around her city.

"I've done a lot over the years to draw attention to this town and what it has to offer," she said. "I don't know why he chose Savannah but I was proud that he did."

"We gave him the tour we give everybody else. He got the big picture," Foster said.

Their keepsake, a box of presidential M&Ms, sat on the counter at Meddin. Foster laughed they were never to be opened.

They and an autograph on one of their latest photo displays, will serve as a reminder of the once in a lifetime visit.

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